I had my drive and part of my back garden block paved by a company
recently - big mistake!
After the recent rains, I had a deep pool of water, three quarters the
length of the house, rendering it impossible to use the back door without
getting wet feet. It took about 20 hours for this water to clear. The
company have offered to drain the water into a soakaway that takes water
from my extension roof. As far as I'm aware, this soakaway doesn't go into
the storm drain. I think it goes into a pipe that goes deep into the soil.
The extension was already there when we bought the house, but I've seen the
diagrams for it, and the soakaway does appear to come to an abrupt end in
Is it likely that this soakaway will cope with large amounts of winter
rainwater coming off the drive?
Before the drive was block paved, it gently sloped towards the front storm
drain. Now, it slopes away from it, towards the back. Taking the driveway
up and re-laying it so that it slopes the 'right' way is a massive task,
because it means the back will have to be re-done too.
Using the soakaway is an option, but only if it will cope